City Addresses LPD Policy

The City of Livingston Board of Mayor and Alderman met in regular session last night and discussed new policy implementations after last month’s news regarding an investigation among the Livingston Police Department and missing funds.

The University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Services (MTAS) Rex Burton who specializes in law enforcement consultation reported to the board that he and Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge have consulted with one another in order to initiate new policies to prevent future theft and malfeasance within the department.

The policies will be voted on and approved at next month’s meeting.

After the investigation is complete, Barton will consult with the department again based on the findings of the investigation.

In other business, the board approved a resolution that would allow for the city to apply for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s (TDHA) Home Grant program.

Consultant Amanda Mainord came before the board last night and informed that Livingston has had success with the grant in the past, but it has been more than 10 years since Livingston had applied for the grant and she believes the city is overdue.

She informed this program is to help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners with needed home improvements.

“We could bring those houses up to date, bring them up to code and make them more safe and sanitary,” she said.

Mainord said some changes have been made to the program since Livingston last participated in the program. One being that the program now allows for new builds for dilapidated and condemned homes.

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